Women's Basketball

Melissa Parker
Melissa Parker


Elgin, Ill.

High School:



One of five Illini scoring in double-figures at 11.2 points per game ... Started 30 contests in 1998-99 season, missing the game at Michigan State after hitting her head on the floor against Penn State ... Led the Illini with a career-best 66 three-pointers last season ... That total ranks as the second-most three-pointers made in a season in Illinois history ... Ranks third on the UI career three-pointers made list with 127 treys ... Has scored in doubles figures on 18 occasions, leading the team three times ... Among the team leaders in several categories including third in assists (99) and fifth in steals (36) ... Averaged a team-high 33.4 minutes per game while playing both the point and shooting guard ... Played all 40 minutes on two occasions and a career-high 42 minutes in the overtime win over Michigan ... Set career-highs with 24 points and five treys at Minnesota ... Earned 200th career assist at Ohio State on Jan. 8 ... Hit four treys and scored 22 points at Notre Dame on Nov. 24 ... Also hit four treys with 22 points against Northwestern on Feb. 5 ... Dished out a career-high nine assists against Florida on Dec. 19 ... Poured in 23 points in the home finale against Iowa on Feb. 21, hitting 4-7 from long range ... Has scored in doubles figures in nine straight games, including the last seven of regular season and first two of the post-season, the most productive stretch of her career ... One of three tri-captains last season.

Played in 26 contests, starting the last 23 games of the season ... Underwent arthroscopic surgery on her right knee on Nov. 19, missing the first four games of the season, before returning on Dec. 7 against Marquette ... Hit 36 three-pointers on the season, good for third on the team ... Climbed into fourth place on the Illinois career-list for three-pointers made with 61 treys ... In the regular season, ranked eighth in the Big Ten at 35 percent from three-point range ... Sixth on the team in scoring at 7.0 points per game, one of six Illini to average more than seven points per game ... Third on the Illini with 29 steals and fourth on the team with 57 assists ... Tied career-high with four treys and led the Illini with 16 points vs. Colorado on Jan. 4. . . Was named the CBS Player of the Game for her performance ... At No. 1 Tennessee, scored nine points and grabbed a career-high six rebounds in her first start of the season ... Dished out a season-high five assists against Northwestern on Jan. 23 while adding 15 points ... Hit double-figures in scoring in six games.

Played in 29 games, starting 18 at point guard, including first 16 of the season ... Averaged 5.7 points per game, was second on the team with 89 assists on the season and was third on the squad with 25 three-pointers made ... Shot .860 from the free throw line to lead the team and win the Ralph Woods Free Throw Award ... Replaced an injured Krista Reinking against Indiana, Jan. 19, and had best game of the year, lighting up the Hoosiers for 21 points and six assists ... Injured her ankle the next game at Northwestern and missed three games ... Had seven steals at Missouri, Nov. 30 ... Hit season-high four treys while scoring 14 points versus Butler, Dec. 14 ... Saw action in all three NCAA contests, dishing out a team-high five assists in the victory over Drake ... During her first collegiate game, versus Arkansas State, Nov. 23, she started and had six points, six boards and a season-high eight assists ... Hit double figures in points six times.

High School
Holds 11 school records at Elgin, including career assists (896), three-pointers (161) and steals (429) ... Scored 1,889 career points ... An AAU All-American in 1993 ... Named honorable mention All-American by Street & Smith's and Adidas Blue Ribbon in 1995 and '96 ... A USA Today honorable mention All-America pick in 1996 ... Also in 1996 was named first-team all-state by the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Associated Press, IBCA and the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette ... A three-time Sun-Times all-state team member ... Named to the IHSA all-tournament team after leading Elgin to the 1996 championship game, where the squad finished second to Stevenson ... Averaged 12.3 points during the '96 state tournament ... A three-time all-area player as selected by the Chicago Tribune, Sun-Times and Arlington Heights Daily Herald ... Named Player of the Year twice by Press Publications and the Courier News ... Recorded a quadruple-double (assists, rebounds, steals and points) against Waubonsie Valley as a senior ... Competed in the IBCA and City/ Suburban All-Star games after her senior year ... Was a member of the 1994 under-15 AAU national championship team ... During the four years she started at Elgin, the team won four conference titles, four regional championships, three sectional championships, one supersectional championship and only lost one conference game ... A 1995-96 team co-captain ... Was named to the All-Upstate Eight Conference team three times ... Four year letterwinner ... High School coach was Lee Turek.

Parents Larry and Hilda Parker involved her in basketball at the age of five ... High School coach was Lee Turek ... Also competed in volleyball and softball in high school ... Was a member of the National Honor Society ... Earned academic all-conference honors three years ... Won an IHSA Scholastic Achievement Award for 1995-96 ... Active in the Impact Youth Group and Insight Youth Group ... A member of Students Against Drinking and Driving ... Enjoys art and photography.

Career Bests

  • Points: 24 vs. Minnesota (1/29/99)

  • Field Goals: 9 vs. Minnesota (1/29/99)

  • Field Goals Attempted: 16 vs. Minnesota (1/2/99)

  • Free Throws: 7 vs. Missouri (11/30/96)

  • Free Throws Attempted: 8 vs. Missouri (11/30/96)

  • 3PT FGs: 5 vs. Minnesota (1/29/99)

  • 3PT Attempts: 13 vs. Michigan (1/5/99)

  • Rebounds: 6 on two occasions

  • Assists: 9 vs. Florida (12/19/98)

  • Steals: 7 vs. Missouri (11/30/96)

  • Blocks: 1 (several times, last vs. Penn State)
  • Getting to know Melissa

  • Favorite Movie: Big
  • Favorite Book: What's So Amazing about Grace
  • Favorite Vacation Spot: Colorado
  • Favorite Athlete: Michael Jordan
  • Favorite Celebrity: Rosie O'Donnell
  • What I love about Illinois: All the cool people.
  • What I love about hoops: Everything.
  • Favorite Musical Group: Caedman's Call
  • Favorite food: Ribs
  • Most influential person in my life: Rosie O'Donnell because she is funny and nice to people.
  • If I were president I would: Make a "Women in Sports" holiday.
  • Actress I would want to portray me in a movie: Julie Roberts
  • Something people should know about me: I'm an MC at Athletes in Action weekly meetings.

    Parker's Career Statistics

    Yr. GP-GS FG-A/Pct. 3P-A/Pct. FT-A/Pct/ REB/Avg. PF/DQ PTS/Avg. A TO BL ST MIN/Avg
    96-97 29-18 51-133/.383 25-73/.342 37-43/.860 47/1.6 37/0 164/5.7 89 74 1 29 567/19.6
    97-98 26-23 63-161/.391 36-112/.321 21-32/.656 65/2.5 34/0 183/7.0 57 56 1 29 647/24.9
    98-99 30-30 113-302/.374 66-196/.337 43-55/.782 75/2.5 58/0 335/11.2 99 71 4 36 1003/33.4
    TOTAL 85-71 227-596/.381 127-381/.333 101-130/.776 187/2.2 129/0 682/8.0 245 201 6 94 2217/26.1